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1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
Action movies don't get much better than this. Wow, what a blast! I shall see tomorrow if The Raid 2 tops it! Great rewatch this was!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Still not bored by this, still absolutely love it. The stunts are amazing, the fights are amazing, it's still got incredible action and it was fun to watch it again after seeing The Raid 2. The Raid 2 is a whole lot better in my opinion, but that's not to say that this film is bad, it's still absolutely incredible and I will never get bored of it!
So when my brother told me he was finally going to watch this I thought I would stick around for the first half hour or so until I remembered how engrossing and glorifying this film really was. For its hundred minute run time I can ensure you I was smiling through every single one.
The Raid is simply mesmerising. It may be just pure adrenaline rush and not much else but sometimes thats all that is needed to make a great action movie and great one this is. With an also incredibly tense, fast pased sountrack helped by the great Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, the suspence shoots through the roof.
I feel like this is to men what ballet is to woman. Fluid movements of rhythm to create pure enjoyment and relentless indulgence (and an awful lot of kicking ass). It's like a normal action movie.........that has taken cocaine. Bring on The Raid 2!
The only reason why I found out about this film was because everyone was going fucking crazy over The Raid 2. So I decided to watch this now, and see The Raid 2 tonight. I have to admit, Gareth Evans' The Raid: Redemption was an amazing watch.
I'm a huge sucker for any type of 'good' choreographed fighting styles so watching this was initially really awesome. One thing that kind of bothered me was when the fight scenes went on for a while (more so the hand to hand), it started to get extremely repetitive. Guns ruin a good fight, so when the quote "I've never really like using these. Takes away the rush. Squeezing a trigger...it's like ordering takeout"…
This film is about violence. All violence. Wall-to-wall violence. Against many of those walls, heads are pounded again and again into a pulpy mass. If I estimated the film has 10 minutes of dialogue, that would be generous.
What am I to say? "The Raid: Redemption" has a rating of 93 percent on the Tomatometer. It is being hailed as a breakthrough in martial-arts films. It is "hard-driving, butt-kicking, pulse-pounding, bone-crunching, skull-smashing, bloodcurdling" (Hollywood Reporter) and "largely a hand-to-hand, fist-to-face, foot-to-groin battle, with a few machetes and guns tossed in for good measure" (Variety).
The trade papers are correct. I am dismayed. I have no prejudice against violence when I find it in a well-made film. But this film is…
The best film I can think of to compare to The Raid is 2012's unsuccessful Dredd. They both have a lot of elements in common - they're actions films set in a single location without any plot whatsoever, and lots and lots of blood and gore. It's cops versus criminals, and naturally, insane brutality ensues.
The effort put into the movie is nothing short of spectacular. It's refreshing to see a movie made by people who actually understand the action genre. There's no shaky cam or dodgy cuts, only amazing fight choreographies and wide shots of pure awesomeness, making it all look quite real, even though it's not. The lack of character development or an engaging story kept me from…
Refreshingly unpretentious and incredibly well-choreographed. It's nice to see an action movie embrace its video game roots instead of trying (and failing) to rise above it.
Fans of Pierre Morel's District B-13 will enjoy Gareth Evans' directorial debut.
If you're looking for a strong, well-developed plot, look elsewhere, but if you want to see machete-wielding and bone-crunching hallway fight scenes, you've selected the right film.
This is raw, merciless action. Loads of fun
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